Two people arrested for stealing from murder victim near Millington

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. -- Two people are in custody after deputies say they stole thousands of dollars worth of items from a man in Millington.

The victim, a 58-year-old man, was found murdered in his house just weeks after filing the report.

"He was just part of the community and stuff like that just does not happen here, and it's shocking, and it's confusing," said neighbor Leah Schroeder.

Paul Charles was found dead last Thursday in his house on St. Paul.

"I was in shock," said neighbor Mike Naccarato. "I got up, got my coffee, sat down, turned the news on and bam, there it was."

But it turns out Charles had reported items stolen from his house almost a month ago.

He told deputies he let David Willingham and Roxie Hayes stay with him.

But he said when they left, so did two of his shotguns, two rifles, a crossbow, a gold ring and mechanical equipment worth thousands of dollars.

"We all have each other's backs around here, and it's a shame we didn't know what was going on," said Schroeder.

Deputies said they arrested the two suspects after finding out they pawned off the stolen items.

Although they're in custody on theft charges, they're each being held on a $1 million bond as the murder investigation continues.

Neighbors said they hope the two are charged with murder if the theft wasn't their only crime against Charles.

"God, it's just sad man," said Naccarato.

Possibly taking advantage of someone who was only trying to lend a helping hand.

"I want justice for his family and for him," said Schroeder. "This was not necessary by any means."